The Duck Universe (also called the Donald Duck Universe or Scrooge McDuck Universe) is a fictional universe where Disney cartoon characters Donald Duck, Darkwing Duck and Scrooge McDuck live. It is a spin-off of the older Mickey Mouse Universe, yet has become much more extensive. "Duck Universe" is a term used by fans and is not an official part of the Disney lexicon.
Donald Duck first appeared in the animated short The Wise Little Hen, which premiered on June 9, 1934. He made his comic strip debut later that year in the Silly Symphonies strip's adaptation of that short. That strip also introduced his identical triplet nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, who debuted on October 17, 1937. A Donald Duck daily newspaper strip started on February 2, 1938.
Donald Duck made his comic book debut in Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold, a story published in the October 1942 issue of Four Color. Carl Barks, one of the illustrators of that story, became the primary writer and illustrator of the comic book version of Donald Duck and greatly expanded the supporting cast.
Donald's rich uncle Scrooge McDuck was introduced in the story "Christmas on Bear Mountain," published in December 1947. The money bin, a building where he stores the portions of his money he earned by himself, premiered in 1951. The volume of the money is said to be "three cubic acres." Scrooge McDuck's "Number One Dime" is the first coin that he ever earned (or produced), which he keeps as a sentimental object.
The animated series DuckTales, which premiered on September 18, 1987, was based on Carl Bark's comic stories. An animated theatrical spin-off film based on the series, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, was released in the United States on August 3, 1990. A reboot series has been announced for 2017, which will feature all new adventures of Scrooge and the boys.
A spin-off of DuckTales, called Darkwing Duck, entered production the year after DuckTales ended. It starred the titular character, a duck superhero who defends his city of St. Canard while also trying to be a good father to his daughter.
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